San Jose, CA – Grand Prix tournaments seem to be Bellator lightweight Tofiq Musayev’s thing as he enters another one this time with Bellator and it kicks off against Alexandr Shabliy at Bellator 292 on Friday night.
Musayev (20-4) recently competed in Rizin FF’s grand prix, and now enters another one this time with Bellator.
“It motivates me. We have a lot of great fighters here, top talent, and it just motivates me to compete with them,” Musayev told reporters on Wednesday.
“I’ve had tough fights previously in my career, but I’ve always showed grit and character. Did whatever it takes to win and I’m planning to do the same in this tournament.”
A lot of fans who pay attention to the sport, hardcore fans if you will, have been calling this fight the best one on the card.
“It’s time to change the game a little bit. I’m looking forward to this fight, it’s a great fight, and I’m looking forward to putting on a show inshallah for all the fans. It’s just something that I look forward to, to represent my country at the highest level possible,” he said.
The fight with Shabliy looks like it’ll be a very competitive fight that should live up to the hype.
“Our styles are a little similar that’s why I think we’ve got to do some adjustments to the game. Overall I think it’s a good fight that expects us. Everyone has got their own plan,” said Musayev.
“We’ve got our own plan that we’ve got to execute. My plan is to finish it early.”
Watch the entire media day scrum with Musayev above. He takes on Alexandr Shabliy at Bellator 292 in the first round of the lightweight grand prix on Friday night in San Jose, CA.